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Led Zeppelin — What Is And What Should Never Be
Album: Led Zepellin II
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:29
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And if I say to you tomorrow
"Take my hand, child, come with me"
It's to a castle I will take you
Where what's to be, they say will be

A-catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away, leave today
Way up high in the sky, and whoah!
But the wind won't blow, we really shouldn't go
It only goes to show that you will be mine by takin' our time
Oooh, ho-whoa

And if you say to me tomorrow
"Oh, what fun it all would be"
Then what's to stop us, pretty baby-ay
But what is and what should never be

A-catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away, leave today
Way up high in the sky, and whoah!
But the wind won't blow, we really shouldn't go
Only goes to show that you will be mine a-by takin' our time
Oooh, ohh, oh

So if you wake up with the sunrise
And all your dreams are still as new
And happiness is what you need so bad
Well, girl, the answer lies (with) you, yeah

A-catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away, leave today
Way up high in the sky, and whoah!
But the wind won't blow, we really shouldn't go
It only goes to show-ow that you will be mine by takin' our time
Oooh

Hey, ho, ma
A-well, the wind won't blow, and we really shouldn't go
And it only goes to show-whoa-whoa-whoa
Catch the wind, we're gonna see us spin
We're gonna sail, leave today-a
A-do-do-do, ba-ba-n-do, oh
Ma, ma, ma, ma, ma, ma, yeah

Everybody I know seems to know me well
But they're never gonna know I'm gonna move like hell
A-baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, ho, I love ya
Baby, baby, babe, huh, oh, I love ya
Do, no, no, no, no, no, no, come on, now
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Nearly every Zep tune is at least "most excellent"
including this classic...
tune
hehe... turned it up to eleven!  ROCK ON RP
Every kid in Ottawa who could got a 'car' at 16 headed over to The Chaud. The Rose room or the other one - in any case all LZ all the time. 
Yuck!
 scrubbrush wrote:

I disagree... it's just always evolving. Think of how different this "Rock and roll" song is from "Rockin' Robin" or "Rock around the clock"... almost unrecognizable as the same genre, yet both considered "rock n' roll"...  the same is happening today. 
 
Interesting. Who would you say is leading the charge these days?
 scrubbrush wrote:
I was just listening to this on headphones and thinking how novel it must have been in 1969 but how silly it seems today
 
Silly?  SILLY?!!  SILLY??!!!
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Infidel.  Go listen to your disco.
Rock and Roll Perfection.
 scrubbrush wrote:

I disagree... it's just always evolving. Think of how different this "Rock and roll" song is from "Rockin' Robin" or "Rock around the clock"... almost unrecognizable as the same genre, yet both considered "rock n' roll"...  the same is happening today. 
 

You also have to look harder for it...like on RP...
 idiot_wind wrote:


Sorry Old Shep, I think it is.   

When bands like Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire get noted as "great RnR bands", then you know that the well is neither deep or wide.

I'm afraid RnR is following Jazz down the evolutionary path. .  
 
I disagree... it's just always evolving. Think of how different this "Rock and roll" song is from "Rockin' Robin" or "Rock around the clock"... almost unrecognizable as the same genre, yet both considered "rock n' roll"...  the same is happening today. 
 unklefurry wrote:
Played this many times on the old console stereo.  The guitar bit going from back and forth from left to right channel blew me away at the time. 
 

I was just listening to this on headphones and thinking how novel it must have been in 1969 but how silly it seems today
 DanFHiggins wrote:
Damn Bill I have a deadline in 10 minutes
How could you
 
Could have been worse, could have been Achille's Last Stand or Kashmir :-)
 Pedro1874 wrote:
God, they were soooooo good!
 

They sure were! I think I like them better than the Stones and the Beatles.
God, they were soooooo good!
Damn Bill I have a deadline in 10 minutes
How could you
 unklefurry wrote:
Played this many times on the old console stereo.  The guitar bit going from back and forth from left to right channel blew me away at the time. 
 
Difficult to live through in an altered state...
Played this many times on the old console stereo.  The guitar bit going from back and forth from left to right channel blew me away at the time. 
There's me at, what, 9 yo laying real close to the hi-fi listening to the guitar ricochet between the speakers. Formative.
Long Live RP



My rating 8- Most Excellent 
                                                              
Now....this is what we need for a Friday afternoon.


Does anybody remember laughter?  
 old_shep wrote:
Rock and Roll will never die.

 

Sorry Old Shep, I think it is.   

When bands like Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire get noted as "great RnR bands", then you know that the well is neither deep or wide.

I'm afraid RnR is following Jazz down the evolutionary path. .  
so good!
 below72 wrote:
As a lifelong bass player (45 years now) - this is one of the best rock n soul bass lines to play of all electric bass time.  John Paul Jones' bass licks during the ending outro are really tasty! JPJ was the least recognized and the most under-rated musician in Zep and one of the most under-rated keyboardists/bassists of the day.  The guy was a GIANT and we dismissed him.  We all had musician snob, Berklee type, fools for friends and counselors.  Thankfully, ZEP and JPJ will live on through the ages and be remembered right along with Beatles, Sinatra, Porter, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Verdi, Debussy, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi ...although on first blush ZEP was written off as drug addict metal head-baggers with no talent.  Critics - they don't 'play' - they just sell newspapers or internet blog time. 

 
He would be equally at home doing session work for Motown i.e. (besides doing flat out rock JPJ supports the song at all times.) Both he and JP were session players initially.
Genius! {#Bananajam}Even better on headphones! :-D
 PaoloManana wrote:
Wow, didn't hear  this since 197?. Wonder how that could happen? Great song!
 
Actually that would be since October of 1969. Not exactly one of the tunes from that gets a lot of airplay though so if you never owned the album that could explain it.
this song kinda defines Led Zeppelin...very light at the start, and then they kick it up at the end to show the heavy side
Ah, this takes me back. Good stuff.



                                                                   Red Barron Manfred von Richthofen
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I got my early Led Zep vinyl albums from a guy in my high school who was selling his collection for $1 a piece to donate the money to Sun Yung Moon's cult.  Funds well spent!  Scratch Crackle Pop went my Garard turntable, or was it a Victrola? 
 old_shep wrote:
Rock and Roll will never die.

 
Got that right.
Rock and Roll will never die.
 Philchill wrote:
I really should hit PSD when this comes on, for fear of sending this gem into the 'overplayed' cesspool.

But my cruel mind says 'go on, just one more time' and the volume goes up.

The flesh is weak..

 
kind of amazing isn't it?

and there are a lot of them.............
 1wolfy wrote:
 As a young lad, I bought the 45 of Whole Lotta Love.  The first copies skipped.  Eventually I got a good one.  Unfortunately I ruined records with coins atop the needle too  Skydog wrote:

i bought 3 copies in 1969 and returned 2 of them
i gave up on the 3rd
absolutly the worst pressing of vinyl in history
it was like the grooves were up against each other
just a mash of F'ed up sound
i had to put a nickel on the arm to cut though the mess

 

 
 
I have a feeling this was a curse of the whole Atlantic label. I vaguely remember that every time I pulled a new record out and saw the green and orange semi circles my first thought was "shit, tape it quick before it deteriorates".  Same with Vertigo.
I really should hit PSD when this comes on, for fear of sending this gem into the 'overplayed' cesspool.

But my cruel mind says 'go on, just one more time' and the volume goes up.

The flesh is weak..
 Bert7 wrote:

Wow how can you remember that! Must have been a defining moment in your life...{#Cheers}

 
not a defining moment but I was 15 in 1969 and records were my life
 willmcnaught wrote:

this persons post name says it all lmao -makes me think of the recent election lol {#Stupid}

 
Your comment makes me think you should take on the previous poster's moniker.
 idiot_wind wrote:
This band needs a decent guitar player and a drummer and a vocalist that can sing RnR. 

They need to be more like the Foo Fighters. 

 
this persons post name says it all lmao -makes me think of the recent election lol {#Stupid}
Awesome

 
 1wolfy wrote:
 As a young lad, I bought the 45 of Whole Lotta Love.  The first copies skipped.  Eventually I got a good one.  Unfortunately I ruined records with coins atop the needle too  Skydog wrote:

i bought 3 copies in 1969 and returned 2 of them
i gave up on the 3rd
absolutly the worst pressing of vinyl in history
it was like the grooves were up against each other
just a mash of F'ed up sound
i had to put a nickel on the arm to cut though the mess

 

 
 
Wow how can you remember that! Must have been a defining moment in your life...{#Cheers}
 As a young lad, I bought the 45 of Whole Lotta Love.  The first copies skipped.  Eventually I got a good one.  Unfortunately I ruined records with coins atop the needle too  Skydog wrote:

i bought 3 copies in 1969 and returned 2 of them
i gave up on the 3rd
absolutly the worst pressing of vinyl in history
it was like the grooves were up against each other
just a mash of F'ed up sound
i had to put a nickel on the arm to cut though the mess

 

 

 Skydog wrote:

i bought 3 copies in 1969 and returned 2 of them
i gave up on the 3rd
absolutly the worst pressing of vinyl in history
it was like the grooves were up against each other
just a mash of F'ed up sound
i had to put a nickel on the arm to cut though the mess

 

 
Thank you for sharing this memory!
 idiot_wind wrote:
The drumming. Oh my god.
Imagine a super band: LZ and Who! The guitars! The drumming! The vocals! The bass!   
 
The universe would implode on itself.
The drumming. Oh my god.

Imagine a super band: LZ and Who! The guitars! The drumming! The vocals! The bass!    
Zep - always explored and covered so much ground; true rock pioneers.
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
 My previous post will always stand...
From the big hair, scrawny chest, magnificent guitar, heavy drums and WTF? It's just got it.
Their very best offering!

thank you Bill 
 jsd52756 wrote:
If you have a chance to listen to this on the original issue vinyl you will be amazed.  Great mastering, sound stage & clarity.  Cool song that will warm your soul.
-John

 
i bought 3 copies in 1969 and returned 2 of them
i gave up on the 3rd
absolutly the worst pressing of vinyl in history
it was like the grooves were up against each other
just a mash of F'ed up sound
i had to put a nickel on the arm to cut though the mess

 
Some sounds may lead to serendipity, but I forgot the rest.

Back to like a human child does.


I've never been a fan of LZ. I don't like the music or the singing, however I can appreciate them on a certain musical analytical level. Maybe that doesn't make sense. I feel the same about the art of Picasso. I don't really like a lot of it, but I can appreciate the why and how of it. It's why I can't ever say "I hate X music or Y art." I don't hate any of it, but maybe I just don't like it. It's not what moves me.
 below72 wrote:
As a lifelong bass player (45 years now) - this is one of the best rock n soul bass lines to play of all electric bass time.  John Paul Jones' bass licks during the ending outro are really tasty! JPJ was the least recognized and the most under-rated musician in Zep and one of the most under-rated keyboardists/bassists of the day.  The guy was a GIANT and we dismissed him.  We all had musician snob, Berklee type, fools for friends and counselors.  Thankfully, ZEP and JPJ will live on through the ages and be remembered right along with Beatles, Sinatra, Porter, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Verdi, Debussy, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi ...although on first blush ZEP was written off as drug addict metal head-baggers with no talent.  Critics - they don't 'play' - they just sell newspapers or internet blog time. 

 
Spot on! JPJ was and continues to be the most under-rated member of LZ!
 mgtom wrote:
Favorite use of a gong in rock & roll.

 
Yeah this Paiste Symphonic of Bonzo's is great. Check out Danny Carey's big Paiste Earth gong on Tool's Lateralus too.
It's hard to convey how amazing it was when Led Zeppelin appeared. They just blew all the doors off.
{#Clap}

{#Music}

{#Meditate}

Wow never ceases to amaze me
 Stingray wrote:

Are you serious or the IDIOT you confirm to be in your name?
Possibly just a dumb kid!
 

 
Irony is lost on certain people.
 garrettb wrote:
So tired of Zeppelin - hear them all the time on the radio her in Vancouver - yawn yawn yawn
 

 
That is like saying you are tired of the sun. 
If you have a chance to listen to this on the original issue vinyl you will be amazed.  Great mastering, sound stage & clarity.  Cool song that will warm your soul.
-John
So tired of Zeppelin - hear them all the time on the radio her in Vancouver - yawn yawn yawn
 
 idiot_wind wrote:
This band needs a decent guitar player and a drummer and a vocalist that can sing RnR. 

They need to be more like the Foo Fighters. 

 
Are you serious or the IDIOT you confirm to be in your name?
Possibly just a dumb kid!
 
This is there best album, hands down!

solid 9's every song!

thanks RP! 
As a lifelong bass player (45 years now) - this is one of the best rock n soul bass lines to play of all electric bass time.  John Paul Jones' bass licks during the ending outro are really tasty! JPJ was the least recognized and the most under-rated musician in Zep and one of the most under-rated keyboardists/bassists of the day.  The guy was a GIANT and we dismissed him.  We all had musician snob, Berklee type, fools for friends and counselors.  Thankfully, ZEP and JPJ will live on through the ages and be remembered right along with Beatles, Sinatra, Porter, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Verdi, Debussy, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi ...although on first blush ZEP was written off as drug addict metal head-baggers with no talent.  Critics - they don't 'play' - they just sell newspapers or internet blog time. 
LOVE the baseline!
And the Volume IMMEDIATELY cranks........
 idiot_wind wrote:
This band needs a decent guitar player and a drummer and a vocalist that can sing RnR. 

They need to be more like the Foo Fighters. 

 
{#Roflol}
This band needs a decent guitar player and a drummer and a vocalist that can sing RnR. 

They need to be more like the Foo Fighters. 
Wow, didn't hear  this since 197?. Wonder how that could happen? Great song!
 Sasha2001 wrote:
At some point, about 1/3 of the way into the movie, "Silver Linings Playbook" this song appears. At first I thought, this is really nice, I always find classics like this to be more of a detriment than a benefit to the films I like.  Then I thought, there aren't that many Zep songs in big Hollywood movies, are there?
 
Hollywood movies should never be allowed to use the great music of our time. Just cheapens the musical artist.
I saw Robert plant in Live yesterday night in France ....SO GOOD
I was blown away by this album in my teens. Listened to it constantly. Made me want to play drums like John Bonham {#Drummer}
Still a classic original masterpiece
Classic light/heavy/light song structure from Zep.
One of my faves.
JPJ, another of my bass heroes--this cut displays his talent, skills, and imagination like almost no other.
This STILL rocks hard even after all these years.  Awesome song, even better band
 ThePoose wrote:
I bought this LP in my last year of high school just to be cool.
I had no idea about the quality of the music therein.
It occurs to me now that this song would have made great
makeout music.

babybabybabybabybabybaby oh yeah

 
Don't know from cool but this was one of my first forays into music at about the same age.  It was driven by the usual teenage curiosity.  The Lemon Song, on this same album, also gave me one of my first tastes (errrr...so to speak) in the merits of sexual innuendo.  Kind'a sort'a "Hey you can use the English language like THAT?!"  Titillation aplenty, eh?  Heh!  Anyway I spent many an hour on "air guitar" with this one.  {#Guitarist}
Still sounds great, uh?
Superb
 


ccjemmett wrote:
Hey a Led Zep song I have only heard one million times!
 


Wow,

 

This band is ripping off Kid Rock and the Foo Fighters.

 

Who are these guys, any way? They will be as popular as a lead balloon.


 steveinfrance wrote:

I still am, remains brilliant after all this time.  Long live vinyl, 

 
It's good with the dah-dum...dah-dum guitar lick, but the drums are all over the place. The symbols are all played by some dude on my right and the snare on the left...makes me queezy...
I bought this LP in my last year of high school just to be cool.
I had no idea about the quality of the music therein.
It occurs to me now that this song would have made great
makeout music.

babybabybabybabybabybaby oh yeah
Hey a Led Zep song I have only heard one million times!
Question:

How can one band have so many ten's? 

I know I know It must be in the water...
 kcar wrote:
clipped ....  I really liked the way "Forrest Gump" used the frenzied climax of Skynyrd's "Freebird" just as Robin Wright was on the edge of throwing herself off a skyscraper--it gave the piece a scary edge that it hadn't had before. 

 
It did, didn't it?  It was a song of the times -- excess, intoxication, flaming cigarette lighters, and craziness in general.  I suppose it still is, although we're  ... ahem ... a little older and our party habits are a little less excessive.  Of course, I only speak for myself.


 Sasha2001 wrote:
At some point, about 1/3 of the way into the movie, "Silver Linings Playbook" this song appears. At first I thought, this is really nice, I always find classics like this to be more of a detriment than a benefit to the films I like.  Then I thought, there aren't that many Zep songs in big Hollywood movies, are there?
 
You know...excellent point. Never gave it much thought but you're right. It would be ironic if LZ were too controlling of its copyrights, given all the times if borrowed and outright ripped off blues singers without attribution or royalty payments. 

Sometimes the odd use of a known piece really works, other times not so much. A friend who played chamber music said that the use of Barber's "Adagio for Strings" in "Platoon ruined the piece for her. However, I really liked the way "Forrest Gump" used the frenzied climax of Skynyrd's "Freebird" just as Robin Wright was on the edge of throwing herself off a skyscraper--it gave the piece a scary edge that it hadn't had before. 
Favorite use of a gong in rock & roll.
What happened to the first half of the guitar solo? Sorta disappeared into the background?
it is 6.55 in the morning over here... i love to get my coffee+cigarette with led zep 2.
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Genius

Reminds me of Eugene and being younger 

 

Eugene who?
 steveinfrance wrote:

I still am, remains brilliant after all this time.  Long live vinyl, 

 
HERE HERE!!

An epic auditory journey with headphones.
 
 1wolfy wrote:
As a young lad, I was in awe of the stereo separation utilized in this song.

 
I still am, remains brilliant after all this time.  Long live vinyl, 
It still astounds - 'specially with headphones on.


1wolfy wrote:
As a young lad, I was in awe of the stereo separation utilized in this song.

 



The BBC live version of this song and Communication Breakdown are two of the best examples of brilliant, feral rock and roll.

Worth checking out - at very high volume, with an air guitar. 
As a young lad, I was in awe of the stereo separation utilized in this song.
Brilliant segue too Bill {#Notworthy}
 Pedro1874 wrote:

Pushing 70 and headbanging in my wheelchair!  {#Roflol}
 
Be careful you don't get pulled over...
 curtisallan wrote:
Pushing 60..............and rocking in my rocking chair............the best!
 
Pushing 70 and headbanging in my wheelchair!  {#Roflol}
Genius

Reminds me of Eugene and being younger 
 treatment_bound wrote:
I remember looking at this album cover as a 10 year-old and being somewhat perplexed that Led Zeppelin appeared to be WWI German Air Force pilots.
 
Yes, but not any pilots : The Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen. The man was a legend and his life gave birth to many stories. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_von_Richthofen
The photo used for the cover is The Red Baron with his Jasta crew, later named "The Flying Circus" because of the red color they all adopted for their planes, in order to avoid Manfred Von Richthofen to be too easily spotted and chased.
At some point, about 1/3 of the way into the movie, "Silver Linings Playbook" this song appears. At first I thought, this is really nice, I always find classics like this to be more of a detriment than a benefit to the films I like.  Then I thought, there aren't that many Zep songs in big Hollywood movies, are there?
This song never gets old.....every time I hear it, its the BOMB!
What a number!
LZ most played Band on RP?!  Someone hear Jack White?
Play this song in the 2062, but not until then.
This gets a 9 just on general principle.
I remember looking at this album cover as a 10 year-old and being somewhat perplexed that Led Zeppelin appeared to be WWI German Air Force pilots.
Yes! Dat bass and groove.
I would NOT be opposed to a little Zepplin spree of 2-3 songs in a row - that would a RP first and most welcome!  .....of course only with bands of this caliber!
Bob must know that Robert P is living in Austin now WITH Patty G.  (since he's playing them back-to-back) It's quite the cute romance story
 SinisterDexter wrote:
 
But if you wake up with the sunrise and all your dreams are still as new and happiness is what you need so bad, well, the answer lies with you, right?
 
I have to agree with you there, bub.  Say, you aren't a member of the band Sinister Dexter, are ya?

 Dave_Mack wrote:
What's to be they say will be.  Not an original idea, but...yeah.
  
But if you wake up with the sunrise and all your dreams are still as new and happiness is what you need so bad, well, the answer lies with you, right?
Since it followed Patty today... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uoXviP7oBg

overdose of Led Zeppelin...I
Awesome!
 glen1n1m wrote:
Is it this version or does this recording seem a little "hot"?  Hearing a lot of distortion that I do not remember on earlier versions.
 
Their recordings, I think for the first albums are horrendous... But a bad picture of a hot girl is still a picture of a hot girl...

Is it this version or does this recording seem a little "hot"?  Hearing a lot of distortion that I do not remember on earlier versions.
I am closing on 60  with ya curtisallen, lol this was probably the 2 nd album I bought ever. Classic is not over rated for this one! 
 
curtisallan wrote:
Pushing 60..............and rocking in my rocking chair............the best!
 

{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}
What's to be they say will be.  Not an original idea, but...yeah.

Great bass playing in this one.
If you're wondering where Nirvana and the Pixies got their soft, loud dynamic trademark....wonder no more.
Pushing 60..............and rocking in my rocking chair............the best!